Why Telehealth Progress Could be Erased if Congress Fails to Act

The AMA, along with more than 70 health care organizations, are urging congressional leaders to, “Prevent the sudden unavailability of virtual health options for Medicare patients” after the national public health emergency has ended. Key parts of the first three COVID-19 relief packages expanded telehealth services to a broader scope of Medicare patients, especially in rural areas. However, this expanded coverage is only temporary and will expire at the end of the public health emergency period. In their letter to Congress, these health care associations are urging leaders to act now before coverage and payment for telehealth services end for seniors outside rural areas and to the home.